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Johnston captains Northern Ireland's U21s with McMullan starting between the sticks

8 September 2023

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Carl Johnston captains Northern Ireland's U21s in UEFA Qualifier.

It was a moment to remember for young Carl Johnston, who captained Northern Ireland's Under-21s on home soil in their UEFA Qualifying match against Luxembourg.

The 21 year-old has featured in all of Fleetwood Town's six league games this season, and his form last campaign as well as the start this time round earned the defender a call up to the Northern Ireland Under-21s for their opening Euro 2025 qualifier at Mourneview Park.

Johnston was named captain the day before by new manager Tommy Wright, and put in a solid performance at right back depsite the result going Luxembourg's way. 

Town's young goalkeeper, Stephen McMullan got his first ever Under-21s call up this international break and was named in the starting eleven for the game on Thursday. It was a great moment for the former Warrenpoint keeper - who will be looking to get his second appearance at this level in the next game.

The Northern Ireland Under-21s will hope to pick themselves up for their next outing against Ukraine in Poprad, Slovakia, on Tuesday - wishing the lads all the best! 

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